“the princess saves herself in this one” Book Review

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Publisher: Createspace

Synopsis:

“ah, life— the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.” a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. via Amazon

Overall Rating:

Trigger Warnings: abuse, eating disorders, bullying, body shaming, mental illness

Pros:

  • That title!
  • Super relatable
  • It’s got some happy, some sad, and everything in between
  • It’s a light, easy read, but still leaves you with something special

Cons:

  • Some poems are REALLY short (which speaks more about personal preference)
  • There are some clichés

In-Depth Review:

*Warning: May contain spoilers.

I’ve seen people raving about the princess saves herself in this one for some time now, so I knew I’d pick it up eventually. I also have to admit that I’m a little biased as I’ve been following Amanda on social media for a while now, and she honestly just seems like such a genuine person.

That being said, I don’t think you could ever find a piece of art to help you better get to know someone than this poetry collection. the princess saves herself in this one is all bared heart, no holding back emotions taking you through some of the highs and lows of the author’s experiences. I personally related to so many of the poems in this book, and it was beautiful to feel like I was in the room with another human being who shared my experiences and knew how to make them colorful, beautiful, and empowering.

I also have to say that I was personally very impressed by the last section of the book. These poems talk about a lot of real world things, but they’re not written so much from the author’s perspective as more of a guide for the reader. I have to say I really loved this part, though I was a little disappointed to find that the author is not part of some of the marginalized groups that she addresses. Regardless, I feel that she does it in a way that is very inclusive and very motivating.

Final Verdict: Totally worth the money!

You can find this book on Amazon.

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